Sprints rookie sensation Cameron Dodson wins fourth straight; Chase breaks through for first Pro Stock win MARNE, MI -- Sixteen-year-old Cameron Dodson did it again, winning his fourth straight Auto Value Super Sprints feature race Saturday...
Sprints rookie sensation Cameron Dodson wins fourth straight; Chase breaks through for first Pro Stock win
MARNE, MI -- Sixteen-year-old Cameron Dodson did it again, winning his fourth straight Auto Value Super Sprints feature race Saturday night at Berlin Raceway. In Berlin Raceway weekly division action, Terry Senneker won his second Coors Light Late Model feature, Jack Drolema won the Engine Pro Super Stock feature, Bruce Chase won for the first time in his eight-year career in the Standale Lumber Pro Stock feature, and rookie Mat McClarren also won for the first time in the Standale Interiors Sportman feature. It was a clean night of racing, with just five caution flags total in 155 laps of combined feature racing.
In the Auto Value Super Sprints 30-lap feature, Dodson, the 16 year old phenom from Greenville, IN, stole the show once again for the fourth straight week, but this time it took him 28 laps to take the lead. A late caution allowed Dodson the break he needed to close back up on the leader, and make the pass for the win with only two laps to go. Eighteen-year-old Canadian hot-shoe Ryan Litt had a big lead until the caution, but could not hold off Dodson, leaving him with second place. Early race leader Kevin Feeney was third, with Jason Blonde and John Hotchkiss rounding out the top five. Dodson was also the fastest qualifier, recording a blazing 13.326-second, 118.325-mph lap.
In the Standale Interiors Sportsman 20-lap feature, #15 Mat McClarren started third and passed #63 Richard DeJong for second on the second lap, then on lap 11 he got around #44 Brian Van Zalen for the lead. McClarren stayed out front all the way to the stripe for his first-ever feature win for the 26-year-old rookie from Grand Rapids. #59 John Evans finished second, followed by #33 Allen Davis, #9 Jeff Sterken and #6 Terry Bockheim.
In the Standale Lumber Pro Stock division, it looked to be #77 Andrew Nylaan's night, as the third-year driver led from the start. #23 Chris Koslek passed #1 Randy Veldman for second position on lap 6, but on lap 15 Koslek brought out the only yellow flag of the 25-lap race when he hit the outside wall in turn 1. #52 Bruce Chase, a29-year-old eighth-year driver from Grand Haven, got around Veldman for second on lap 16. With one lap to go, Nylaan, looking to take his first-ever feature win, got sideways in turn 4 and slowed to regain composure, but that was all the opening Chase needed. He made the pass and led the final lap for his first career victory. Nylaan held on for second, followed by #15 Casey Berenbrock, #55 Dave Lake and Veldman.
In the 30-lap Engine Pro Super Stock feature, fast qualifier #88 Tim Sweeney charged his way from ninth to fourth in the first half of the race, but on lap 18 he spun by himself in turn 1 while trying to take third position away from #9 Greg Wing. It was the only caution flag of the race. On the restart, #5 Jack Drolema Jr. got by #71 Brandon Braisted, who had led the first 17 laps, for the lead. Drolema stretched out his lead and went on to win the checkered flag, his first in two years. Drolema, from Marne, completed his comeback with the victory after sitting out most of last year with an injury from a crash in the second race of the 2004 season. Braisted finished second, followed by #35 Kyle Anderson, Wing and #98 Bliss.
In the Coors Light Late Model feature, a caution for an incident involving #82 Tom Thomas and #18 Keith Herp slowed the pace on lap 5, but the race went green the rest of the way and finished all 50 laps in under 18 minutes. #33 Dave Stehouwer led until lap 22, when #37 Terry Senneker of Wayland made a move to the high side and picked off both #11 Leroy Magoon, who was running in second, and Stehouwer for the lead in one fell swoop. Magoon passed Stehouwer for second on lap 27 as Senneker raced 10 car lengths ahead and outpaced the rest of the field on his way to his second checkered flag of the season. Magoon finished second, followed by #32 Ross Meeuwsen, Stehouwer and #27 Billy Shotko.
Berlin Raceway's regular racing divisions take a week off next Saturday night, July 2, when the Demo Scramble Off-Road Race will come to Berlin. This is a wild event of off-road racing for stock cars, complete with jumps, tight curves, lots of dirt and of course bashing and crashing demolition style. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing gets under way at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission; kids 3-12 are half price and 2 and under are free. No pit passes. Then on regular racing action resumes in two weeks, July 9, for Coors Light Late Model Night presented by Lane Automotive. It's also Used Car Night - fans can win one of four "slightly" used cars to be given away that night. Tickets are $11 in advance and $12 at the gate for general admission (kids 3 to 12 are half price and 2 and under are free). Pit passes for those 16 and over are $25. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race begins at 7 p.m.